EPA lawsuit documents

Two environmental groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for access to 350,000 pages of documents about coal-fired power plants they alleged are polluting Texas’ air.

The Sierra Club and the Environmental Integrity Project claim in their Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that the documents will show that one or more of Luminant’s five coal-fired power plants violated the Clean Air Act, according to Bloomberg. The groups say they need the information to “protect the public health in and around these plants.”

The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco, where the Sierra Club is based. It claims EPA violated public disclosure laws by not providing information or a reason for the denial by required deadlines. The EPA reportedly told the groups it is reviewing Luminant’s claims that documents contain confidential business information. The Sierra Club said it asked EPA for the documents a year ago, then narrowed its request to air emissions records and permit applications among other information.

In September the Sierra Club filed a federal lawsuit against Luminant, alleging its plant in Texarkana violates the Clean Air Act and seeking to reduce emissions from its three electric generating units there.

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